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Maharlika Manila stuns Stallion Laguna in huge PFL upset

Maharlika Manila scored its breakthrough PFL win. PFL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Maharlika Manila posted the PFL's first upset of the season, shocking debuting Stallion Laguna, 2-1, in the first early kickoff of the year on Saturday at the PFF National Training Centre in Carmona.

A second half comeback was all Maharlika Manila, the newcomer in the league, needed to shock Stallion Laguna, tagged as one of the favorites for the title.

Stallion Laguna was on pace for a blowout when Ibrahim Ndour opened the attack with a 29th minute close range goal off a Toto Villareal feed.

Jose Montelibano, however, found a breach in Stallion Laguna's backline, leading to MJ Libre feeding him for the breakthrough equalizer in the 53rd minute.

Substitute Jeremy Theuer won it for Maharlika Manila in the 75th minute, converting on a Charlie Beaton through ball assist.

Maharlika Manila momentarily ties opening night winners United City and Kaya Iloilo at the top of the table with the full three points.

United City will face Mendiola, while Kaya Iloilo battles the Azkals Development Team in the nighttime twinbill later Saturday.

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